Title: Fortunately, the Milk Author: Neil Gaiman Format: E-book (Kindle) Date Read: December 7, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: YES YES YES YES!
Summary: WhileTitle: Fortunately, the Milk Author: Neil Gaiman Format: E-book (Kindle) Date Read: December 7, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: YES YES YES YES!
Summary: While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Review: The ability for this man to craft a story astounds me! Everything he writes, I fall in love with, and this one is no exception! This one I read in a couple of hours, and it is such an adorable, whimsical story that had me sucked in from the very beginning, and the illustrations are just pure delight added to an already fantastic story.
A father has to head to the corner store to obtain milk for his children's cereal so they actually have something for breakfast (and he has milk for his tea). However, it isn't just a simple trip to the corner store for milk as the father is then abducted by aliens!
This book features aliens, dinosaurs, time travel, strange jungle people, a volcano god, wumpires, and two children who ultimately can choose to believe or not believe their father's fanciful tale of what happened and why his trip to the store took longer than it should have....more
Fitting that I would finish this fantastic story on Friday the 13th. It was exactly what I would expect from Neil Gaiman. I absolutely love this storyFitting that I would finish this fantastic story on Friday the 13th. It was exactly what I would expect from Neil Gaiman. I absolutely love this story. It is dark, but not dark enough to be super creepy. The story is one that proves the reason that I fell in love with Gaiman's particular type of fantasy to begin with. This one -definitely- falls among my favorite books of this year, and probably of all time....more
Title: Where The Wild Things Are Author: Maurce Sendak Read: Recently – May 16th, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: Most definitely
Summary: One night Max puts oTitle: Where The Wild Things Are Author: Maurce Sendak Read: Recently – May 16th, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: Most definitely
Summary: One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all. (Taken from Goodreads)
Review: This book here is by far one of my favorite books, ever. I loved the story, the delight in it. The fear that was held within those pages. I always wanted to be Max, I'd always wanted to be able to sail away on my own ship and become King, well in my case Queen, of the Wild Things. However, I would always remember that I was loved, cherished and belonged with my family, just like the Wild Things belonged on their island.
It was one of those books that got me hooked on the 'scary' things, that opened my eyes to the fact that I could love the things that scared me. That I could find enjoyment in that thrill, find an enduring friendship with those fiendish characters that fill the pages of books. Occasionally I re-read this book, to return to my roots and the first book that 'scared' me when I was a kid. That let me know what fear was. ...more
Title: The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things Author: Carolyn Mackler Format: E-book (Kindle Edition) Read: July 15-17 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: OMG YeTitle: The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things Author: Carolyn Mackler Format: E-book (Kindle Edition) Read: July 15-17 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: OMG Yes!
Summary: Virginia Shreves is fifteen. She is larger-than-average, and has the plus-size inferiority complex to go with. Her best friend has moved to Walla Walla, Washington (as far from NYC as you can get) and she's just gotten to second base with Froggy Welsh the Fourth (yeah, that's his real name). There are moments of light-heartedness, and moments of seriousness that will take your breath away.
Review: This book has appeared numerous times on the American Library Association's banned/challenged book list for a variety of reasons, most of which are 'unsuitable to age group,' however that is a load of crap.
Find me one teenage girl who is the 'fat girl' and tell me she doesn't have self-esteem issues. I know, I was that teenage girl. I was the 'fat girl,' 'the nerd,' and pretty much anything else you could call me. No, my life was not as tragic as Virginia's is, but I still dealt with my fair share of weight bashing from my peers, I had the places that I could 'hide' when I didn't want to be seen, that sort of thing. It took me ages to finally accept myself, accept who I was, and learn what -I- had to do to change things.
After Virginia's brother, Byron, falls from grace and comes home from Columbia for a semester. Things are tense and at the most a failed attempt to be 'picture perfect' in the Shreves household. A trip to Seattle and other life changing events continue to open up Virginia's eyes until she is completely (or as close to completely) at ease with herself. There is a happy ending, and purple hair, and an eyebrown piercing, and even a forbidden public display of affection (that goes against the Fat Girl Code of Conduct!).
All in all, this is a very well written story of every overweight teenage girl who strives to 'fit in' in high school and fill a role that was originally carved out by their older siblings in a picture-perfect family.
I recommend this to anyone who has ever had self-esteem issues for weight, or whatever other reason, and ultimately needed to learn to be true to themselves no matter what others may think of them....more